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Retired generals and admirals call on Pentagon leadership to resign

Nearly 90 retired officers believe the U.S. military command has been negligent in withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars and irreparable damage to the country's reputation.

A group of 87 retired generals and admirals called on the Pentagon leadership to resign because of the damage to the U.S. reputation that was caused by the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Flag Officers for America, an organization of retired military officers, released a statement to this effect.

According to them, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley were “negligent” is not responding appropriately to “this dangerous withdrawal” of troops. “If they did not do everything in their power to stop [the military's] hasty withdrawal, they should resign,” the statement said.

However, the retirees noted that if Austin and Milley resisted U.S. President Joe Biden's order to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as best they could, they should still resign “for reasons of conscience.”

The letter's authors pointed out that “the hasty retreat has left an unknown number of Americans in dangerous areas controlled by a brutal enemy.” “The consequences of this catastrophe are great and will reverberate for decades,” the appeal said.

According to the ex-officers, the loss of billions of dollars that the U.S. has suffered through the loss of military equipment and weapons that ended up in the Taliban hands is catastrophic. “The damage to the U.S. reputation is indescribable. For years to come, we will be seen as an unreliable partner in any international agreement or operation,” they believe.

Retired military officials believe that U.S. adversaries will find the courage to stand up to Washington because of the “weakness shown in Afghanistan,” with Russia and China benefiting the most. “Our armed forces exist to fight and win our nation's wars, and that should be the sole purpose of our top military leaders,” the former officers concluded.

Among those who signed the letter were former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, former Navy Rear Admiral John Poindexter, personal physician to U.S. presidents from 2013-2018, and current House member Ronnie Jackson, Gen. Donald Bolduc, who will represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate next year.

Joe Biden in April announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which had been there since 2001. In July, the Pentagon reported that 90 percent of the contingent had already been withdrawn. Against the background of the U.S. army's actions in Afghanistan, the Taliban have intensified and during the summer they took control of major areas. On August 15 they came to Kabul, occupied the presidential palace, and declared about the capture of power in the country. President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani fled abroad. The U.S. in the face of these events decided to evacuate its citizens, who could leave the country only through the airport of Kabul. The airport was controlled by NATO forces led by the United States until August 31.

On August 30, the U.S. completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. General Kenneth Mackenzie, head of the U.S. Central Command, said that Washington will continue to try to get the remaining Americans and Afghans who want to leave the country. After the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban declared full independence of the state.

Biden said he decided not to extend the mission in Afghanistan on the recommendation of the military. “In their view, ending our military mission was the best way to preserve the lives of our troops and to ensure that, in the long run, those civilians who want to do so in the coming weeks or months will be able to leave Afghanistan,” he explained.

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